Choosing Severe Incontinence Products
- On December 18, 2017
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According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse in the USA, as many as 60 percent of people suffering from urinary or faecal incontinence do not look for a solution.
Living with incontinence can be a stressful burden, especially when your incontinence is severe and you have to think wisely about choosing products. When you are shopping for products to manage your incontinence, there are a number of things you need to take into account. It is important to consider the shape of your product, your mobility, the material of the product and more.
For heavy incontinence to severe incontinence, your product options include the following:
Often referred to as “Flex” products, All In One Belted Briefs are similar to the design of a traditional nappy. Most all-in-one products are ideal for faecal incontinence in particular. These products combine an incontinence pad with a strap or belt for additional security. Velcro fixation between the pad and the belt enables normal toilet use without full product removal for patient and carer convenience. All In One Belted Briefs offer greater protection than an incontinence pad. These products can be worn either with your underwear or without. These briefs feature adhesive tapes on both sides and a waterproof layer. All In One Briefs are recommended if you are constantly losing a large volume of urine all at once, particularly during the night. These briefs are designed to fit completely around the body before being fastened securely. You have the choice of choosing adjustable briefs that conform to the body and maximum protection briefs. These products offer the security and flexibility of an all-in-one system combined with comfort and discretion. An integrated fastening belt with elastic is a breakthrough design for delivering maximum comfort.
Ideal for: These products are particularly ideal for users with lower levels of mobility. A great asset of these products is that they are easy to put on and take off, meaning they are ideal for users who are bedbound.
The Lille Flex Maxi is a product option for managing heavy to severe urinary or faecal incontinence. The belt in this product makes initial fixing simple, meaning the pad can be removed and refastened whenever required without having to refit the whole product. With curved leg elastics and security barriers, the Lille Flex Maxi provides outstanding leakage protection.
You can shop our full range of All In One Belted Briefs here.
Incontinence pads are the most discreet way to control heavy incontinence. For managing heavy to severe incontinence, shaped pads are the ideal type of pad. As shaped pads are anatomically shaped, a body close fit provides extra protection. Shaped pads can be worn with your regular underwear or with special Stretch Pants for additional protection. These pads are significantly more absorbent than smaller pads such as insert pads. When you have heavy to severe incontinence, you can use pads with a high absorbency level. You should look for Maxi or Super absorbency pads. These products are available in a range of sizes and absorbencies, with products specifically designed to fit both men and women. Some pads, such as the Attends F6 faecal pad, are specially designed for managing faecal incontinence.
The majority of pads designed for heavy to severe incontinence feature a core with multiple layers of superabsorbent polymer and waterproof backing to ensure you are provided with a high level of protection.
Ideal for: Shaped pads are ideal for people who prioritise discretion. These pads do not have the added bulk of all in ones, however, are slightly less absorbent than an all in one product. Shaped pads are also ideal for those who find it difficult to do a full diaper change.
Tena Comfort Maxi are one type of shaped incontinence pads that are specifically designed for managing heavy to severe incontinence. These pads feature a ConfioAir textile feel breathable back sheet for maximum comfort and absorbency. A wetness indicator is also included in these pads to inform you of when the pads need changing.
If you feel shaped pads are ideal for you, you can shop our full range of shaped pads here.
Incontinence Pull Up Pants are the perfect solution for active people. They can be worn just like normal underwear and can be torn at the side for convenient and discreet removal. Pull Up Incontinence pants are popular choice as they can be worn in the same manner as regular underwear. They have a built-in absorbent pad and are disposable. These products combine simplicity with the convenience of disposable incontinence pads.
Pull Up Pants can be handled just like normal underwear, encouraging independence whilst managing heavy incontinence. These products combine high absorption with comfort and follow the contours of the body. Double leakage barriers provide added confidence and security.
Ideal for: Pull Up Pants are perfect for people with a more active lifestyle.
Tena Pants Maxi are an example of Pull Up Pants that offer high absorption and a high level of user comfort. Tena’s innovative “ConfioFit” design feature provides comfort by following the natural contours of the body. With a colour-changing wetness indicator and double leakage barriers, they are popular with carers as well as users.
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Although severe incontinence can be stressful to manage, it is much more simple when you know which products to look for. If you talk to a Doctor and are prepared with the ideal products, it can be much easier!